Venus Transit (2012): Some collected images

Here are my images of the transit. They are not great the setting was not appropriate for astroimaging as I was participating in a public observing event.
I was able to catch these images in between observers:

Through my cams' zoom only!
You can see Venus in the upper centre!
Telescope eyepiece view @ 85x

Saida, Al Janoub; astroZ


Transit of Venus (2012)

Hello again :D

    WARNING    Before reading the article, please be warned that looking at  the Sun without appropriate precautions (using solar filters, viewers, etc...) may & will cause partial or complete damage to your sight. Please take appropriate measures in advance &/or participate in a local astronomy group that takes precautions on your behalf by letting you view the transit through its equipment. You have been warned!!!

    A rare event that comes in pairs every 120 years, more or less, occurred on June 8, 2004. This rare event is going to occur in a couple of days as the second of the 2004/2012 pair which will not repeat until the year 2117. In other words, this rare celestial happening is the last one to occur in our lives; no one might be able to witness it again, unless science offers a way to extend the human life span.
This special event is the Transit of Venus (i.e; transit of the planet Venus in front -from our viewpoint- of the Sun). The two events are separated by about 8 years. This is characteristic of such a phenomenon which occurs twice every 120 years, as I've mentioned above. That is, it occurs in pairs (e.g; 2004/2012). The next pair will start in the year 2117.

Transit of Venus 2004; astroZ (http://flic.kr/p/ac4z8C)


Earth Hour 2012 -Lebanon

Dear reader,

This post serves as a simple notification about the coming Earth Hour 2012. Lebanon participated in Earth Hour in the year 2010 & it was a great success: https://sites.google.com/site/astrobobgroup/Home/alerts/reminderearthhour-helpearthagainstglobalwarminglightpollution

I am not sure about last year & its statistics, but the important thing is to concentrate on this year.

As a quick reminder, Earth Hour is project to spread awareness among the inhabitants of Earth to two consequences of uncontrolled light: global warming & light pollution.


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